Alcohol and other drugs information, education and support for families.

Breakthrough for Families helps family members and loved ones affected by alcohol and other drug use. The service is easy to access, with flexible options for support.

We offer this service across the following locations:

  • Brisbane North and South (including surrounding regions of Caboolture, Redlands and Beaudesert)
  • Sunshine Coast (including Nambour and Gympie)
  • Townsville (including Charters Towers, Hughenden and Palm Island)
  • Cairns (including Port Douglas, Tablelands and Innisfail)

The program consists of free public information and education sessions, as well as individual appointments for family members and loved ones.

Information sessions

The information sessions are free and best suited for families wanting to learn more about drug and alcohol impacts, support and strategies. If you get in touch with one of our teams, we can notify you of upcoming events.

The sessions run for about 2 hours and educate about:

  • understanding substance use and its impact on physical and mental health
  • strategies to stay safe and help talk about substance use as a family
  • practical plans to support loved ones
  • reducing the harms around substance use
  • skills to navigate support systems, and address barriers to seeking help.

Individual support

Our teams are also able to assist family members and loved ones on an individual basis. As a part of these, our counsellors will work with you further around your individual circumstances and your family’s journey towards recovery.

These are designed to be as easily accessible as possible: our Breakthrough for Families teams can even work with you through outreach, which means they can meet in places of your choice, that are easily accessible and safe. This could be a community space or even your own home.

Through these appointments we can also help you with connection and referral to any of our other services and other community services outside of alcohol and drug support.

How do I get started?

While we happily accept referrals, you don’t need one. Just give us a call on 1300 727 957 to chat about how we can help and for more information. You can also use our online enquiry page and a member of our intake team will get in touch with you.

Upcoming drug and alcohol information sessions

Check out our upcoming information session for families:

Brisbane region

Monday 9 December, 4pm – 6pm

Chermside Library, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside

Tuesday 14 January, 5pm – 7pm

Bribie Island Library, 1 Welsby Parade, Bongaree

Tuesday 10 December, 10am – 12pm

Lives Lived Well, 94 George Street, Beenleigh

Tuesday 21 January, 10am – 12pm

Lives Lived Well, 94 George Street, Beenleigh

Thursday 12 December, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Lives Lived Well, 223 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
(FREE onsite parking via Toohey Street)

Tuesday 28 January, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Logan Central Library, 26 Wilbur Street, Logan Central


Katie: 0439 774 558 or [email protected]

Ruth: 0437 932 550 or [email protected]

Cairns region


Outreach Counselling:
Individual Appointments
– Bookings Essential

Family Information Session

Wednesday 22 January, 10am – 2pm

Innisfail Community Support Centre,
13 Donald Street, Innisfail

Thursday 30 January, 1pm – 3pm

Cairns Library,
151 Abbott Street, Cairns

Thursday 23 January, 9am – 2pm

Tully Support Centre,
54 Bryant Street, Tully


To RSVP or book:

Clare: 0437 693 558 or [email protected]

Phoebe: 0437 742 832 or [email protected]

Sunshine Coast region

Thursday 9 January, 2pm – 4pm

Noosa Community Health,
14 Bottlebrush Avenue, Noosa Heads

Thursday 23 January, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Old Ambo Station,
80 Howard Street, Nambour

Wednesday 15 January, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Gympie headspace,
Suite 1, 2/4 Horseshoe Bend, Gympie

Tuesday 28 January, 1pm – 3pm

Maroochydore Library,
44 Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore

Tuesday 21 January, 4pm – 6pm

Kawana Library,
30 Nanyima Street, Buddina

Thursday 30 January, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Coolum Civic Centre,
2-4 Park Street, Coolum Beach


Emili: 0439 853 596 or [email protected]

John: 0439 853 457 or [email protected]

Lives Lived Well acknowledges the peoples of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, respecting their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future. 

Lives Lived Well celebrates diversity and is committed to providing inclusive services. Everyone has the right to live well, with dignity and respect. We offer support to all people without judgment or discrimination.

The images used in this website are stock images of persons used for illustrative purposes only and do not, expressely or impliedly, portray persons with drug or alcohol problems.